Category Archives: Current Issues in the Church
Current Issues in the Church
There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.
A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.
Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.
A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.
How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?
Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.
Catholic Herald: An Iraqi Christian woman described this week how she defied ISIS terrorists who put a sword to her throat and told her to either convert to Islam or lose her head. With the blade at her neck, she replied that she would rather die than give up her Christian faith. But instead of decapitating her, the Islamists – many of whom she described … More →
In the recent months, Pope Francis has stated repeatedly that one should have more mercy with those Catholics who are divorced and remarried civilly. In the context of the current discussion within the Church about Divorce, and how to deal with those Catholics who are remarried outside of the Catholic Church, what strikes me is how little explicit attention is given to the Little Ones, … More →
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized the Ancient Order of Hibernians — organizers of New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade — for inviting a homosexual group to march in the 2015 parade. The parade committee said its “change of tone and expanded inclusiveness is a gesture of goodwill to the LGBT community in our continuing effort to keep the parade above politics.” The … More →
Pat Archbold writes, in Cardinal Dolan and the NYC St. Patrick’s Gay Parade?: If reports are to be believed, a compromise is in the works that will amount to nothing less than an endorsement of the gay identity in the 2015 NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade. The Irish Times reports that under pressure from NBC, not only will a group be allowed to march in the parade with … More →
In his most important book, Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism, the great Spanish Catholic diplomat, statesman and political thinker Juan Donoso Cortes (1809-53), often called “the Spanish de Maistre,” wrote: “Governments seem to be endowed with an unerring instinct which teaches them that they can only be just and strong in the name of God. Thus it happens that whenever they commence to secularize, that is … More →
American Catholic: If you want to know what is going on in Cuba, the Babalu blog is the go to blog. Carlos Eire tells us about the man who has just become my favorite papal nuncio: Archbishop Bruno Musarò, Apostolic Nuncio to Castrogonia, blasted the island’s rulers recently, and a handful of news organizations are reporting on his comments. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
AsiaNews: It is in Iraq that the Church of the Arab world suffers today. That is where the passion of the mystical body of Christ is renewing itself, following the rule laid down by Saint Paul that “If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it”. Poignant and striking. There are no words strong enough to describe what our eyes saw yesterday in the … More →
CNS: Dominican Sister Attracta Kelly in Adrian, Michigan, has been able to speak a few times with the superior of a group of Iraqi Dominicans and knows how desperate their situation is since they escaped Islamicists in northern Iraq. Sister Maria Hanna, the superior, and 51 other Dominican sisters, along with their family members and other villagers were driven from the Ninevah Plain by Islamic … More →
UCANews: 52-year-old Father Joseph Lu Genjun from the unofficial community of Baoding of Hebei province was released on August 9 after eight years of isolation and imprisonment. At the time of his arrest, Father Lu had been carrying out the functions of the episcopal vicar of the diocese, after Bishop James Su Zhimin of Baoding and Auxiliary Bishop Francis An Shuxin of Baoding were seized … More →
Aleteia: ISIS, the radical Islamist group that forced Christians out of Mosul with the threat of death, has taken control of most of the villages of the Nineveh Plain, the northern area where Iraqi Christians have hunkered down in what is appearing increasingly to look like ethnic cleansing.In a statement in which the Vatican referst to “terrible developments,” Pope Francis has called for help from the … More →
Catholic Culture: Two churches in Thonon-les-Bains, a city of 30,000 in eastern France, were desecrated on August 5, according to Le Messager, a newspaper based in Chablais. More on this here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
1Peter5: Tulsa Diocese Appeal: As has been widely reported, a Satanic Black Mass has been scheduled for September 21 in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center. As a part of Satanic worship, a Black Mass attempts to invert the action and meaning of the Eucharist in order to mock Christ’s sacrifice and worship Satan through an orgiastic ritual of pain and perversion. It blasphemes everything which we … More →
From Gaza to Mosul to America’s southern border to Ukraine, there is an awful lot of Bad News — so much so that it deserves to be capitalized. We are assured of these things, however: “And where sin abounded, grace did more abound” (Rom. 5:20). “And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to … More →
This is an issue that we have touched upon many times on this site. (ChurchMilitant.TV) One survey after another keeps coming out showing how young men are in increasing danger. In danger that is, of losing any sense of who they are, of their masculine identity – that is, what little of it the prevailing liberal culture will let them maintain – which is to … More →
You don’t have to be a Fox News fan to enjoy this. (The New American) The National Organization for Women has put The Little Sisters of the Poor on a list of “Dirty 100″ organizations waging legal battles against the federal mandate for contraceptive coverage in health insurance provided by employers. The designation has caused no small amount of controversy, most notably on The Kelly File on … More →